Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Glorious Grand Teton National Park

I finally made it to Grand Teton National Park! It's been on my list of top places for a few years, so it was top choice when I was planning an extension to yet another trip to Denver this fall. Grand Teton National Park, or simply The Tetons, is located in the state of Wyoming, just 10 miles south of the famous Yosemite National Park. The park was established on February 26, 1929 - and 2016 was the 100 year anniversary since the creation of the National Park Service. I felt so lucky to have gone to this beautiful and special place on the centennial and to experience the breathtaking views from every corner. 

Epic gates of antlers in Jackson, Wyoming.
Jackson is the gateway to the Tetons!
Morning views outside of Jackson.
Cars, maps, roads, and mountains. Happiness.
First look!
The Teton Range is part of the Rocky Mountain Range and consists of many mountains including the Cathedral Group which can be seen in the above photo. The Cathedral Group include the highest peak Grand Teton at 13,775 (4,199 m).
Travel pals, road tripped our way to the Tetons from Denver for a few days and a couple of hikes.
One of the view from our hike on the Taggart and Bradley Lake trail.

More elk!
Can these mountains be more epic!?
Glorious mountains over Jackson Lake.

If you squint you can see a whole lotta elk, my dudes!
Leaving the park on the last night got us like ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
The only way to pose when bundled up for a second hike (on Signal Mountain) that may result in death by bear!

Moderate hike to Signal Mountain (7,720 feet/2,353 m)
Signal Mountain views
Nice bones.
Woodland colors
Signal Mountain views

Happiness at 7,720 feet on Signal Mountain
'til next time, my love.

Monday, October 24, 2016

New York State Festival of Balloons

Quick post about a happy day! My mama and I drove upstate for a ladies weekend over labor day and made it all the way to Dansville for the New York State Festival of Balloons. Back in 2012 I was lucky enough to go on a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey but this was equally special. I have been seeing ads for this festival on the New York City subway for years, so I was very excited to finally witness it!

The festival happens every year over labor day weekend (first weekend of September). It is very dependent on weather, and as much as they try as hard as they can to lift off, they really can't if it's, say, windy. Even if, say, you don't think it is that windy. We got there Friday evening in time for the 6pm launch, but due to the wind they delayed until it was determined that conditions were unsuitable for a launch. However the hot air balloons were still blown up and put on display! The next morning we woke up at 5am to get to the 6am launch....which actually happened at 8am (yes we slept in the car!) and was a sight for happy, sleep eyes =)

Friday's 6pm Launch

Mama had never seen hot air balloons!

Saturday's 6am Launch


Exploring Nantucket with Mama!

Yes, yes it is true, I went to Nantucket again this summer. Listen, it's a great place! I have a wonderful friend there, and she and her sweet husband were pregnant with their first baby. So naturally I had to go! And bring my mom this time! ...The reality is that this was my 5th time on Nantucket. Lindsey showed us around every day and almost every moment. We barely saw Aaron because he was working so much
1: Me and Lindsey in summer 2009 blueberry picking =)
2: Fall 2010 cranberry picking.
Technically this was on mainland, but we did go to Nantucket for the day.
3: May 2014 - These two lovebirds got married! 
4: Summer 2014 - vacation on Nantucket!

5th Time on Nantucket!

Hi! Welcome!

I want this tree house.
Where else am I going to see 200 baby chicks!?

First time seeing purple peppers!
Mama and I stayed at the Hawthorn Inn. First time ever I stayed at a hotel on Nantucket.
Let me tell you, NOT CHEAP! Thanks mom.
Reunited and things look a little different ;)
The only time I went to the beach this summer.
Lindsey and I took my mom to pretty Siasconset.
Tall women or short houses?
These two really like each other.
Favorite Sconset Bluff house
Mama is very happy.
Friends for 10 years. Plus a great tree.
Look at those lillies!!
Finally made it  to the Nantucket Whaling Museum
Detailed carvings on whale bone
Nantucket Whaling Museum

The Russians approve of this island.

Oh, right, 6th time on Nantucket was October 2016:

Because Lindsey and Aaron are parents now!